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A Tale of Two Cities: Exploring Immigrant Foodways in London and New York City

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London and New York City, two of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, are famous for their vibrant immigrant food scenes.

Located in east London, the Brick Lane Market started as a farmers market in the 17th century by the Jewish community, and then later shaped by the influx of Bangladeshi immigrants in the 20th century. Today, the Brick Lane Market has been transformed into a uniquely diverse and concentrated area where international cuisines, art, and culture come together.

In contrast, New York City’s immigrant enclaves have never been contained to one neighborhood. From the well-documented history of the Lower East Side starting in the 1800s, to thriving immigrant neighborhoods of today in Brooklyn and Queens, immigrant cultures are spread all over the five boroughs.

Join Dina Begum and Naz Riahi as they celebrate the publication of Dina Begum’s The Brick Lane Cookbook, and compare the relationships between the immigrant experience, marketplaces, and food in these two major world cities, as well as in their own experiences. An informal reception featuring bites from the cookbook, and book signing to follow.

This program is part of our Global Cultures, Global Cuisines series.



62 Bayard Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222 United States
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